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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Right now it wouldn't. Once the technology is tested and the cost of the necessary computing power comes down, I can think of several ways it could save you money: 1) Reducing your commute time....
    Ahh so your saying the speed limits are gong to change? Will there be one for robotic cars and one for biological drivers? Isn't that discriminatory?

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    ....and allowing you to spend the commute doing something other than watching the road...
    Like BBQ?

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    2) Reducing your likelihood of being in an accident
    Not if the car runs on Windows.

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    3) Reducing your insurance rates
    Can see how that would apply to high-risk demographics such as teens and new drivers (which, by virtue of letting a robot drive for them, would never become better drivers) , but I doubt that would be true for all demographics.

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    4) Reducing the amount of gas you use through more fuel-efficient driving habits
    I'm not particularly concerned with that. A $10 deference on my monthly budget Isn't going to impact my life in any meaningful way.

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    5) Removing the necessity of owning a car at all...at least if you live in a city or suburbs.
    Ok, but if I don't own a car, I therefore don't own a self-driving car, either, which is the topic.

    I do construction, you're telling me mass-transit is gong to make a pit-stop by the lumber yard so I can take as-long-as-it-takes to buy the materials for the home I'm building?

    Or are you saying self-driving cars will be able to navigate a large construction zone, where there are no painted lines or other external sensors?

    Can a self-driving car hook up to a tailor all on it's own? Can a self-driving car read hand signals while backing a tailor in? Can a self-driving car 'feel' a load and adjust driving habits accordingly?
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    As an applied mathematician and computer scientist, I am curious what percentage of the public would accept the conversion from using human-driven automobiles to self-driving automobiles. The necessary technology is clearly realistic. Let's assume, for the sake of simplicity, that the cost will be relatively the same. Here is just an initial list of benefits of my proposal:
    1. Prevention of DUI
    2. Prevention of accidents due to poor driving skills
    3. Prevention of traffic jams
    4. Potential to increase speed limits
    5. Freedom to focus on other things (child, eating, work, etc.)
    6. Auto-navigation

    Some of these even have benefits as a consequence, such as improved fuel efficiency as a result of fewer/no traffic jams. What support or opposition does anyone wish to provide?
    Though they have been planing for some time, the UK is getting serious about self driving automobiles and will start large scale trails. To my knowledge it will be second to do so after California.

    Driverless Cars On UK Roads By January

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    As an applied mathematician and computer scientist, I am curious what percentage of the public would accept the conversion from using human-driven automobiles to self-driving automobiles. The necessary technology is clearly realistic. Let's assume, for the sake of simplicity, that the cost will be relatively the same. Here is just an initial list of benefits of my proposal:
    1. Prevention of DUI
    2. Prevention of accidents due to poor driving skills
    3. Prevention of traffic jams
    4. Potential to increase speed limits
    5. Freedom to focus on other things (child, eating, work, etc.)
    6. Auto-navigation

    Some of these even have benefits as a consequence, such as improved fuel efficiency as a result of fewer/no traffic jams. What support or opposition does anyone wish to provide?
    While I don't mind driverless vehicles on the road, and would purchase one, I believe they should NOT be mandated. There are questions however of liability. That is the primary sticky widget holding up their implementation, that and individual system security.
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    I would love self driving cars. I don't particularly enjoy driving in most cases, and like being chauffeured more often than not. Plus, the going-out-drinking situation is a bitch in a city with crap mass transit.

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Way back in my drinking days...(quite a number of years ago), I had cars that would drive themselves. I would start out in one place...wake up and be in another. How else could I have gotten from one point to another if I was sleeping in my car? The cars had to have driven themselves!

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Is something else, some computer, better able to safely drive and back and park my truck and horse trailer?

    Of course I'd love it if everyone else had to be controlled on the roads.
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Removable Mind View Post
    Way back in my drinking days...(quite a number of years ago), I had cars that would drive themselves. I would start out in one place...wake up and be in another. How else could I have gotten from one point to another if I was sleeping in my car? The cars had to have driven themselves!
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    I have felt pain when I was in the womb. So when you say they are incapable of feeling pain, that is based on junk science.
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    As an applied mathematician and computer scientist, I am curious what percentage of the public would accept the conversion from using human-driven automobiles to self-driving automobiles. The necessary technology is clearly realistic. Let's assume, for the sake of simplicity, that the cost will be relatively the same. Here is just an initial list of benefits of my proposal:
    1. Prevention of DUI
    2. Prevention of accidents due to poor driving skills
    3. Prevention of traffic jams
    4. Potential to increase speed limits
    5. Freedom to focus on other things (child, eating, work, etc.)
    6. Auto-navigation

    Some of these even have benefits as a consequence, such as improved fuel efficiency as a result of fewer/no traffic jams. What support or opposition does anyone wish to provide?
    It would take a mass conversion of our present cars............
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